Fleetwood Mac's new lineup with guitarists Mike Campbell and Neil Finn will debut at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival on June 21 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the festival has announced. The performance will precede Fleetwood Mac's 2018-2019 North American tour, which begins Oct. 3 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In April, the band told "CBS This Morning" that Campbell and Finn will likely be part of the next Fleetwood Mac album if the tour goes well.
As previously reported, Fleetwood Mac parted ways with singer/songwriter/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham in April. He was replaced by Campbell (a former member of Tom Petty's band The Heartbreakers) and Finn, the co-founder/lead singer of Crowded House. Fleetwood Mac members Stevie Nicks (vocals) and Mick Fleetwood (drums) told Rolling Stone that Buckingham is no longer in the band because he didn't want Fleetwood Mac to tour until November 2019. The other members of Fleetwood Mac are bassist John McVie and singer/songwriter/keyboardist Christine McVie, who is John's ex-wife. The band was formed in London in 1967. John McVie and Fleetwood are the only original members left in Fleetwood Mac.
As for Buckingham's side of the story on why he was ousted from Fleetwood Mac, he broke his public silence on May 11, when he performed in Los Angeles at a fund-raiser for Democratic U.S. Congressional candidate Mike Levin. According to Medium, Buckingham commented: “For me, personally, probably some of you know that for the last three months I have sadly taken leave of my band of 43 years, Fleetwood Mac. This was not something that was really my doing or my choice ... I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective."
Buckingham was part of Fleetwood Mac's greatest commercial success, beginning with 1975's Fleetwood Mac album, the band's first album to feature Buckingham and Nicks. Buckingham quit the band in 1987 and rejoined in 1997. Fleetwood Mac told Rolling Stone that band's new lineup without Buckingham means the next Fleetwood Mac tour, which will have three-hour performances, will have very different set lists from previous tours: In addition to Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits, the band will be performing Fleetwood Mac songs that were released before 1975.
Because the iHeartRadio Music Festival is an event geared to a diverse array of mainstream pop fans, expect Fleetwood Mac to stick to the hits at the festival. However, Fleetwood Mac will be returning to T-Mobile Arena to headline a show on Nov. 30, when the band can do a full set list at that concert and other headlining shows on the tour.
As previously reported, the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival takes place Sept. 21-22, and will feature artists such as Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and Jack White. Pre-sale tickets for the 2018iHeartRadio Music Festival are available to Capital One cardholders. Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 15 at 10 a.m. PT. The festival, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will be broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations in more than 150 markets in the United States. The CW network will have an exclusive livestream of the event on CWTV.com and The CW App. Highlights from the festival will be broadcast in a two-part TV special that The CW will air on October 7-8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.